A novel glycan polymerase that synthesizes uncross-linked peptidoglycan in Escherichia coli.

@article{Hara1984ANG,
  title={A novel glycan polymerase that synthesizes uncross-linked peptidoglycan in Escherichia coli.},
  author={Hideyuki Hara and Hidekazu Suzuki},
  journal={FEBS letters},
  year={1984},
  volume={168 1},
  pages={155-60}
}
A simple and efficient procedure to assay peptidoglycan synthesis in vitro was established. By this procedure, a novel activity for glycan polymerization in Escherichia coli was found in the fraction containing no detectable penicillin-binding protein (PBP). This polymerase activity was relatively insensitive to moenomycin, showed requirement for Ca2+ or Mn2+ but not for Mg2+, and led to production of uncross-linked glycan chains. These properties distinguished the glycan polymerase from the… CONTINUE READING

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